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"Hypothetical" for all you potential pony buyers
Say a pony has all the bells and whistles in an ad. Good pics/video and you like its look. Here's the catch--no papers and only a USEF ID. Priced under 10k w/ a few shows under its belt. Would the lack of papers deter you from buying? Looking for opinions. Thanks.
Absolutely not...and we've done it many times and ended up with some fancy, fancy hunter ponies. While it's always nice to purchase a horse or pony with papers, there are fancy ones out there who are not registered or "heinz 57's" and can hold their own in the ring against the pedigreed horses/ponies!
Below are a couple of our "heinz 57" backyard ponies that went on to have successful hunter careers.
I wouldn't care at all, especially for a pony - you can't ride papers. And a pony definitely doesn't become "more valuable", to me, just because of papers unless I'm buying specifically to breed of course. Even then, I'm not affiliated with a breed registry and would rather breed the best pony mare to the best stallion regardless of breed.
"to live is the rarest thing in the world, most people merely exist."
Nah, would bother me at all IF it was a good moving pony with a nice jump. Even a mare, if you did want to breed, not usually a problem getting a good Welsh stud to cover a good show mare of unknown breeding-they can prove their worth without papers.
What might bother me is not having a temporary or permanent measurement card from USEF. Without one it's a crap shoot if it's a close measure-and an inch can be worth a zero on the price one way and make it ineligible as a Pony and near worthless the other way.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.